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Afshar Rugs: Afshar Weaving in 21st Century Iran 

Special Thanks to to Dr. Khosrow Sobhe who furnished these pictures of the weavers who weave his rugs. Please note the color. Dr. Sobhe with Abbas Sayahi has been a strong proponent of returning to the use of natural dyes.

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Afshar Rugs: Afshar Weaving in 21st Century Iran

Rarely will an Afshari identify themselves as such. Who then are the Afshar of present day Iran. In the 16th century the Afshar were a large and populous tribe of Oguz-Seljuk descent. Then in conflict with the Safavid rulers the Afshar tribe was militarily defeated and dispeared throughout Iran and even into Eastern Turkey. So when we look at the Ethnograpic surveys of Iran the Afshar are not as visable as the Bakhtiari, Luiri, Qashqai, or Baluch. Howeevr they are still idenifyable by language. An Afshar weaver is one whose "Milk Language" is the Afshar or Afsar dialect of Souther Azeri.

On a wider loam more than one weaver is not unusual.

Better looms allow a weaver to weave better rugs. Here we see a steel frame loom which makes a beter rug than one of wood

The weaving today is not remarkaly different than that of 100 years ago. I toured a Sotheby's Auction Preview with Dr. Khosrow Sobhe and he stopped in front of one antique Afshar sumac and remarked that his weavers still wove that pattern.

Pictures of current Sobhe Afshar rugs

A small notre about these images. There is a yellow cast to these pictures. I tried to tone it down but it is difficult to remove with the tools I use. The yellow/orangey hue is a result of incandescent lighting. A normal light bulb gives a yellow/orangey hue and florescent adds green. A flash is normally neutral but sometimes even with a flash we get the yellow of the

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